Thanks for the info sharpedge.
I know I haven't followed up on my offer for benchmark a year ago but I've been a bit busy...Moved across the country, changed my job and had a baby
Anyhow, I've been happy w/ the drive. Have not had a coaster yet and burned over 100 DVD's both +R and +RW.
Let me know if anyone wants to know the brands. I just ordered RIDATA 100 pack from Newegg for $26 after rebate and should get it in next few days.